Use a muffin tin for your child to sort the beans in for a highly beneficial project under three dollars.
Use beans as math manipulatives!
Use them for little ones to make simple designs.
Use them to make works of art and mosaics.
Use dry beans in sensory bins as the base. One of the favorites for my children were using the mixed beans in the sensory table with measuring spoons, measuring cups and containers for "cooking".
Buy bags of one kind of bean for the base in the sensory bin (i.e., Black beans for streets, split peas for grass, white beans for snow,etc)
Put some dry beans in socks and secure with a string for fast beanbags.
(Rubber bands are a serious choking hazard)
Do you have any other great ideas and uses for dry beans that you want to share?
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